Verizon to Boot Data Hoggers on Unlimited Plans Off its Network

Verizon to Boot Data Hoggers on Unlimited Plans Off its Network Image Credit: Verizon

The largest Mobile Operator in the US, Verizon Wireless is reported to force its unlimited data plan customers who regularly consume “an extraordinary amount of data” to move to limited data plans or risk getting kicked off the network beginning the 31st of August, according to the Droid Life‎.

How much would be considered as extraordinary amount of data? Ars Technica confirmed with Verizon directly that it would be somewhere over 100GB per month. 

Verizon explained in a statement,  "These users are using data amounts well in excess of our largest plan size (100GB). While the Verizon Plan at 100GB is designed to be shared across multiple users, each line receiving notification to move to the new Verizon Plan is using well in excess of that on a single device."

The news portal cites its sources that the Big Red is working on an unlimited data plan migration that started on Thursday where it will begin notifying users who have been flagged as using that “extraordinary” amount via mailer and through bill messages and explain to them their options to remain with the Operator.

The grandfathered unlimited data plans offen create capacity issues in the radio network during peak hours for operators around the globe. Most operators however have evolved the unlimited plans to include 'fair-usage' policies to deter excessive use of the network. Verizon itself has stopped offering unlimited data to new customers in 2011, but there are still customers holding on to the grandfathered plans.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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